TikTok is the fastest growing social media network ever. TikTok is the app for making and sharing short videos. Only three years after its launch outside China, the platform has become a serious competitor of American Big Tech companies such as Facebook and YouTube. In this dossier we’re finding out how TikTok is re-writing the world. Josephine Oettle shares her research on the role of TikTok during the 2020 U.S. elections. Lilian Stolk takes a long gaze into TikTok’s magical algorithm. Sjef van Beers maps the interconnected world of TikTok through video collages. And Hamster-TikToker Marieke Kuypers shares her 10 favourite TikTok-niches, next to hamsters, of course.
The Hmm is an inclusive platform for internet cultures. Through events, online editorials, expert advice, and educational programs, we reflect on people’s online behavior, the latest internet trends, and the mechanisms behind Big Tech companies and their impact on society.